The CNTS Data Archive consists of over 200 variables, some of which go back as far as 1815, for over 200 countries. Initially intended to collect the aggregate data recorded in the Statesman's Yearbook into a format suitable for quantitative analysis, the project has grown substantially over the years. Variables cover such topics as government expenditure, trade, infrastructure and media, domestic conflict event data, elections, legislative process, numerous political measures and international status indicators.
See the Databanks International web site for more information.
See articles by Arthur S. Banks in JSTOR and reviews of the book Cross-Polity Time-Series Data
Arthur S. Banks, Arthur S. "Cross-National Time-Series Data Archive (CNTS) 1815-2007." Databanks International. Jerusalem, Israel; see http://www.databanksinternational.com
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